HOLIDAY — Mitchell came from behind to defeat Anclote 24-20 Friday night at Anclote to open the season.
After a blocked PAT attempt on its third touchdown early in the second quarter, Anclote could not find the end zone, leaving it up to the defense to hold a 20-7 lead.
The Sharks defense almost succeeded, holding Mitchell to one more touchdown in the half.
A steady run game proved too much for the Sharks, however, as Mitchell ran for 204 yards and scored another touchdown and a field goal to win the game.
Sharks junior quarterback John Forgione went 10-for-16 for 95 yards and two touchdowns. Alonzo Pettiford had twelve carries for 68 yards and a touchdown, as he recovered from an apparent ankle injury early in the second half.
Anclote's time management failed during the last drive of the game, as Forgione decided to run on one play instead of pass as the clock ticked down. Without any timeouts remaining, one last passing play was incomplete as the clock hit zero.
Mustangs senior Mordell Holley ran for 64 yards on seventeen carries and one touchdown, with only one run accounting for a loss. Freddie Jones ran for 70 yards and two touchdowns, and kicker/punter Codi Folsom kicked three punts with an average of 51 yards.
Anclote heads to Northeast next week while Mitchell has its home opener against Gulf.